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Male prostate cancer raises risk for female breast cancer?


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Question from Sandefeet: Can a male with prostate cancer raise risks for female family members for breast cancer?
Answers - Carol Cherry, M.S.N., R.N., A.P.R.N., B.C. Not in every case, but in some families where there is breast or breast and ovarian cancer, we do find males with prostate cancer. If we see a man in such a family with an early onset of prostate cancer, i.e., in 40s or 50s, which is not a typical age of diagnosis, we would be suspicious of a hereditary syndrome.
Terri McHugh If there was testing in such a family and altered BRCA gene was found, then yes, it would increase the risk of breast and ovarian cancers.

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